Two Southern staples – pimento cheese and sausage balls – have now become one! This pimento cheese twist on the classic Southern sausage balls and popular appetizer makes the absolute BEST sausage balls!
Let’s talk about these pimento cheese sausage balls! They are truly the perfect appetizers. Pimento cheese lovers and even non-pimento cheese lovers will love them.
I always love to see sausage balls at a party, but one of my biggest dislikes about traditional sausage balls is that they’re often dry, especially once they cool down to room temperature.
Over the years, I’ve tweaked the classic sausage ball to produce a fabulous, moist recipe (you can find it in my book, The Southern Entertainer’s Cookbook), but I must admit, this pimento cheese sausage ball might be in the running as my favorite! They are THAT delicious!
Just a few ingredients
Pimento cheese and sausage balls are both Southern party staples, you’ll find pimento cheese sandwiches and sausage balls on platters for every occasion.
Now they’re combined into one, perfect appetizer that’s SO easy. A true party food favorite, they are ready in under an hour from start to finish.
What’s the Best Pimento Cheese to Use?
I’m a bit partial to the delicious Palmetto Cheese brand, out of Pawley’s Island, SC. I absolutely love their pimento cheese (I find it locally at Kroger), and it comes in 12-ounce tubs which is 1 1/2 cups, exactly what’s needed for this recipe.
You can truly use ANY pimento cheese, however. If your pimento cheese happens to be a thinner pimento cheese, you might want to add 1/4 cup extra of Bisquick. If your pimento cheese is fairly thick, then stick with just 2 cups Bisquick.
Costco has a brand of pimento cheese in larger tubs that’s almost identical. It works fabulously too. Both Palmetto Brand and Costco’s version also sell a jalapeño pimento cheese that you can use to spice it up! More tips on spicy pimento cheese sausage balls later on…
Some pimento cheese sausage balls recipes call for the addition of extra cream cheese, I don’t find that necessary! It’s delicious with just the pimento cheese, Bisquick, sausage + optional seasonings.
Can you Freeze Pimento Cheese Sausage Balls?
Yes, you can freeze this sausage ball recipe. Simply prepare and roll the sausage balls into the 1-inch rounds. Cover and freeze until ready.
When ready, just thaw and bake. You might need to add a few minutes to the baking time if they’re still quite cold when putting in the oven.
Spice it up: Make Spicy Pimento Cheese Sausage Balls
Now I have included 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper. I love this addition, it doesn’t make them too spicy at all. You can definitely leave it out, however.
If you want to make Spicy Pimento Cheese Sausage Balls…
- Use hot ground breakfast sausage. Jimmy Dean makes a “hot” variety of the ground pork sausage. Any variety of spicy sausage will work.
- Use jalapeño pimento cheese (or add diced jalapeños to your pimento cheese)
- Add extra red pepper to your liking!
How to Serve Pimento Cheese Sausage Balls?
My suggestion is…. on their own! They’re so moist, I personally don’t think they need a dipping sauce. I love to place them in a pretty silver bowl or on a tray. Add on a few diced chives or parsley. Watch them disappear right before your eyes!
If you want, however, you can serve these alongside dips like aioli, ranch dressing, remoulade, mustard-based sauces, or even sweet chili sauce.
Pimento Cheese Sausage Balls
- 1 pound sausage
- 1 1/2 cups pimento cheese ex: 1 (12 oz) container Palmetto Cheese brand
- 2 cups Bisquick
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the uncooked sausage and pimento cheese until mixed thoroughly. You can use an electric KitchenAid mixer if you prefer.
- Add in the 2 cups of Bisquick and red pepper (if using). Mix well with your hands (or electric mixer if using) until combined well.
- Scoop and roll into 1-inch balls. You can also use a small cookie scoop to help. Place sausage balls onto a prepared baking sheet (lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray or lined with parchment paper).
- Place baking sheet into preheated oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until they're golden brown. Enjoy!
- Pimento cheese sausage balls may be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. You may also freeze them before baking, then thaw and bake before serving.
I hope you’ll give these sausage balls a try, they are one of my favorite recipes! It’s a great recipe that would make a great addition to any party, especially during the holiday entertaining season!